Caffe Valentino - Philadelphia

4.3
306 reviews
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Beautiful Italian BYOB, and a staple for the last 7 years in the Pennsport area of South Philadelphia. Traditional cuisine and fresh pasta dishes are what make this little known gem so special. Formerly part of a trio of restaurants, Caffe Valentino now stands and shines alone after its new expansion: Caffe Valentino seats 45 downstairs in its rustic first floor dining room and a maximum of 100 guests in its elegant second floor dining room with full, open kitchen. If you haven't dined at Caffe Valentino before, it is a definite "must try" for your next dinner out or family gathering. Great for large groups as well as romantic dining.

Chi mangia bene, vive bene!

Who eats well, lives well!
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1 review
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Love eating here. The owner/chef, his family and staff are attentive, personable and truly care about your dining experience. The food is always amazing and presented well. If something isn’t to your liking, simply say something and they will make it just the way you want it. And how can you complain about a BYOB that serves fresh delicious food.

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JG
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

I do have to say that the waiter was wonderful but the way they handle our situation was not professional. The menu was set and my 94 year old mother was not going to eat everything. I gave her my soup because i was not going to eat it so they decided to charge her and me for it. I feel like they should have explain how her meal work.

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JC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Homemade pasta along with a very attentive and welcoming staff makes for a pleasant and enjoyable dining experience. The food was delicious and the waiters and waitresses came over and talked to us. Will definitely be going back.

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EI
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner

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DJ
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our experience was very enjoyable. The restaurant had a very comfortable atmosphere. The menu had a lot of dishes to chose from and there were a lot of good specials. We would like to go back to try some of the other dishes and we would recommend Caffe Valentino to our family and friends.

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M
Philadelphia
44 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The loveliest owners and staff we’ve ever met!! food was very good, classic style Italian. I was a little disappointed with the presentation of the caprese salad which was very unripe tomato slices with mozzarella slices only, no basil or flavored oil. Otherwise a great neighborhood gem and nice spot for dinner with friends! Really can’t say enough wonderful words about Heather, her family and staff!! Will be back!

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MW
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Was not at all conducive to our party of 8. I booked the reservation nearly a month in advance, therefore, they should have been prepared for us. We waited 20 minutes past our reservation time to actually be seated. Our party of 8 was oddly seated at a round table, pushed together with a rectangular table, which made for an odd setup that was not good for conversation amongst the table. Our server's toddler was also running around the restaurant, which was not necessarily the atmosphere we had in mind for a grown-up dinner on a Saturday evening. Was so looking forward to our annual holiday dinner with dear friends, and was very disappointed with our experience. Would not recommend-not good for a large group, but also way too congested for an intimate dinner/date night.

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A
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was mediocre. Service was bad.

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WM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Pumpkin Ravioli was wonderful!! The chicken picatta was not tender and seemed to have no lemon in it. It was disappointing. Servers were great and they made you feel very welcome and at home. Pistachio desert was unusual and delicious. I would dine there again but would not order the chicken.

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W
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Average meal. Average service. Not cheap. Feh.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. Sam and Tommy are so friendly and Cosimo’s food is superb. We keep going back. Superb!!!

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MS
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food itself was pretty good , but we had a 7:30 reservation and didn’t get seated until 8:20. There is only a tiny bar with 4 seats that you can sit at to wait but there was 20+ people waiting as well. No one came to tell us about how long the wait would be, not the greatest customer service and there was no point for us to make a reservation.

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L
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really wonderful food great value wonderful wait staff

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GD
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant. Easy to park. Really good Italian food. Love that it's a BYOB. Everyone was so kind and accommodating. Tommy was our waiter. So friendly. He was terrific! The owner Cozimo was so nice. We were very happy with our choice to dine at Caffe Valentino!

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Outstanding food, charming owners great service in this warm and welcoming BYOB

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TH
Philadelphia
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Second time here in a few weeks, same feeling: good food, good service, but somehow pretentiously overpriced. Was disappointed too that we made it known on the reservation that this was a birthday celebration, and the waiter acknowledged it when we arrived, but there was nothing noted when dessert was served--no a candle, no happy birthday wishes.

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EH
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A true dining gem hidden in plain sight. The pizza and the entrees are pure Italian, can't wait to return.

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OR
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have a weekly date night and prefer BYOB. I read some reviews and had a few concerns. I must say the people who had complaints must be the type that just like to complain about anything they can find. This restaurant is absolutely amazing and is by far the best Italian food in philly. I grew up in south philly eating my close friends Italian grandmothers cooking so I know great Italian food.

We ordered the specials for our appetizers and entree's and the plates were spotless when we were done eating. Home made pasta!!! Whaaatttt!! Flavors were out of this world. Cosimo cooked us the most delicious meals and he came out to each table to check up on his customers. That is simply respectable and the finishing touch to this local gem. His wife Heather sat and waited on us with help from Sam. They are the nicest and most polite people I’ve ever met in the restaurant business. You must come here to eat. Not one complaint.

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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was awesome, from the time we walked in staff was very attentive. We had a issue with one of our appetizers and the chef came out to apologize and insisted on making us something else on him. Dinner was perfect and at the end they ended up not charging for any of the appetizers, which was unnecessary because they handled the issue with class. Overall we had an awesome meal, we will definitely return there.

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S
Philadelphia
50 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and home made Italian specials.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and amazing food!

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N
Philadelphia
169 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Returning to Caffe Valentino is similar to going home to family. Being warmly greeted by Cosimo, Sammy and Tommy...can't beat it. Bronzino was outstanding as always. Pleasant and friendly atmosphere. Best Italian restaurant in South Philly.

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L
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! Service is amazing and food is amazing! My second time this month!

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MM
Philadelphia
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I had such a wonderful experience at Cafe Valentino last night. I met my daughter for dinner and the owner greeted me with a handshake. All of the wait staff were very nice and attentive. It was our first time and i cant wait to come back with friends. The food was so well prepared and delicious! We were made to feel very special!

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r
Philadelphia
28 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and the service were great, only exception was the pre-meal bread, not that bad but could have been more tasty. I will return.

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RS
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The owner Cosmo made my family and I feel very welcomed and the service was top notch. The food was very good but the atmosphere made it even better. I can’t wait to go back.

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place. We go often. Great food and friendly service.

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m
Philadelphia
42 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 4

We have been going to this restaurant for years, food was always great. Not sure what happened this pat weekend, but nothing was the same, nor was it any good. Starting with the bread, it was nasty, no taste, dry and heavy, didn't even look presentable. We ordered tomato and mozzarella salad, that was ok. the 2 pasta dishes, (which we have gotten in the past) were unacceptable. The pasta wasn't even cooked, sent it back and it wasn't much better, no taste in either dish, sauce was watery, my dish was white pasta it had no lemon or any taste, couldn't even eat it, it was totally dry. We are very disappointed, because we do like the staff and always had a good meal here. Hopefully, they will change back and get another Chef, and also get some new items on the menu, which hasn't been changed in years.

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J
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Consistently good food and entertaining service. One of our go-to spots.

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BW
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very accommodating, friendly and knowledgeable staff and delicious meals for a affordable price!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Philadelphia! Love the atmosphere and the owner is a great guy.

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A
Philadelphia
30 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service here is personal and exceptional, and the thing that stays with you. Our food was very well prepared, traditional Italian. Pizza was excellent. We walked in, were greeted with a handshake, had forgotten to bring wine (we are from Delaware and just aren’t used to byob), and without hesitation the waiter brought us red wine on the house. It set the tone for a lovely experience. Thanks!

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N
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentinos holds up as always as a good experience and its food is outstanding.
(and a BYOB also)

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J
Philadelphia
37 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and superb service by Sam and the gang. Barb and I will always go back!

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dinner tonight. I had the gnocchi scampi. It was delicious!! The tiramisu was also amazing. Wonderful service!

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m
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good salad and pastas. Very friendly staff. Good Italian charm.

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M
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great service. They make you feel like you are one big family. My family, friends and I love this place! Visit the Queen Village/Pennsport/Bella Vista neighborhood, this is a must go to place.

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter’s 16th birthday

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RE
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food

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j
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place never disappoints! The food is amazing and the service is exceptional!

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